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Project Portfolio Management

 

Applies to: Office 365

Topic Last Modified: 2014-04-23

Microsoft Project Online and Microsoft Project Server 2013 include Project Web App, which offers a flexible online or on-premises solution for project portfolio management (PPM) and everyday work.

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When vetting PPM solutions, evaluation committees assess competing products from a business perspective and through an IT lens. PPM solutions must score well in both categories to be successful, to help ensure that the product’s functionality meets business requirements, aligns with the organization’s IT requirements, and integrates seamlessly with line-of-business applications. Learn more about what’s new for IT pros in Project Server 2013.

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Project enables your organization to quickly start projects, prioritize project portfolio investments, and deliver results with the intended business value. Learn more about getting started with Project Online.

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Help your organization gain visibility into projects, operational activities, and everyday work. Standardize and streamline project initiation while improving decision-making and subjecting initiatives to the appropriate governance controls throughout their life cycles.

Effectively identify, select, and deliver project portfolios that best align with your organization’s business strategy and maximize ROI. Best-practice portfolio selection techniques combine value optimization and resource utilization. Together you can not only recommend which projects to undertake, but also forecast when projects can be delivered.

Proper management and optimal use of resources is very important for your organization to realize its business strategy. Deliver results with your current workforce and plan for the future to manage surplus and deficit skills across a planning horizon. Learn more about adding a resource to Project Web App.

The schedule represents the tasks and deliverables that must be completed to deliver the project on time. It provides your teams with a map for execution and delivers a framework for tracking progress and managing change.

Adopt financial management processes to improve cost and benefit estimating. Effectively track cost performance to make sure that each project is delivered within budget and that the portfolio realizes the forecasted benefits.

Use a centralized and common approach to time reporting and task management. Capture work and nonworking time for payroll, invoicing, and other business purposes. Efficiently communicate status on project or everyday work, and ad-hoc requests to gauge utilization peaks and valleys or progress on tasks to anticipate the effect on planned effort, cost, and timeframe. Learn more about tracking time and task progress.

In traditional project management, the focus has always been on project schedule, budget, work, scope, and the quality of deliverables. Team collaboration, however, is the backbone that supports and drives overall project success and execution effectiveness. Team collaboration has evolved from informal techniques into a recognized discipline that helps organizations more effectively find and share information. In turn, tools that support collaboration have evolved from the early concept of a shared server to the sophistication of solutions like Microsoft SharePoint. Learn more about SharePoint task lists in Project Web App.

Prevent, identify, and mitigate potential business or project-related risks and issues. Project delivery can be significantly affected if organizations do not adopt best-practice risk and issue management processes to stay informed and in control.

With an immense amount of data located in a variety of systems, one of the great challenges organizations face is how to collect, categorize, understand, and make decisions about project data. Conventional reporting offers tools and methods for collecting, aggregating, displaying, and communicating data. Business Intelligence (BI) takes that concept to the next level by providing visibility and helping organizations with decision support for proactive work management. Learn more about using Excel 2013 to create a new Project Web App report.

Each project within a program has its own set of goals that, when combined with each other, deliver the forecasted benefits of the overall program. Derive visibility and control across underlying techniques that provide a program initiation and selection framework before breaking down the program into its underlying projects.

Microsoft PPM solution is backed by hundreds of Microsoft Partners who earned PPM Competency, undergone relevant exams and numerous deployments in over 80 countries world-wide. When help is needed with assessment, envisioning, deployment or training and you are ready to engage with Professional Services organizations—reach out to a PPM partner in your region.

 

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Project Server 2010 with Project Professional 2010

Project Server 2013 with Project Professional 2013

Project Online with Project Pro for Office 365

Project Lite

Active Directory integration

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Service reliability

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Office 365 Trust Center

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Administration, Deployment, and Extensibility

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Service updates

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Getting Started

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Project On Demand

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Demand Management

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Portfolio Analytics & Selection

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Resource Management

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Schedule Management

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Financial Management

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Time and Task Management

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Collaboration

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Issues and Risk Management

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Reporting and Business Intelligence

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Program Management

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Project and Portfolio Management Partner Ecosystem

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